Tattoo was originally a Dutch phrase in 17th Century Holland. A tattoo is the practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining. A tattoo can also be use to mean a drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters.
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NOUN [PLURAL TAT·TOOS.]
a signal on a drum, bugle, or trumpet at night, for soldiers or sailors to go to their quarters.
a knocking or strong pulsation: My heart beat a tattoo on my ribs.